East Hampton Community Notes, July 25


Another long week of heat and crowds, and it is only July. I recall when August was the hottest month of the year. This year, I hope I am wrong.

We have a few local students who have earned honors at their schools. Kady Field was named to the University of Rhode Island dean’s list. Dana Dragone was named to dean’s list at the University of Vermont. Rodger Quigley graduated from Ithaca College. Congratulations to you all and keep up the good work.

This Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is the highly anticipated 117th annual Ladies Village Improvement Society Fair. Started in 1896, the fair is a major source of funding for LVIS community activities. Hundreds of LVIS members and other volunteers, the LVIS staff, the Lions Club, and a huge number of donations from local businesses and individuals make it all possible. The barbecue, a highlight of the fair, will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. , with live music. I love this event. There is something for everyone, young and old.

On Saturday, at 8 p.m., the Jewish Center of the Hamptons welcomes Gerard Edery and Peninnah Schram for a delightful music and storytelling collaboration that honors the rich and vibrant oral traditions of the Jewish people.

On Sunday, at 10 a.m., The Jewish Center of the Hamptons invites all prospective new members and returning members to a meet- and get-to-know Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, Cantor Debra Stein, Rabbi Hanniel Levenson, Diane Wiener and lay leaders. At the gathering, you can learn about the center’s strong, vital and vibrant community and its myriad religious, spiritual, cultural and educational programming.

Brunch will be served. RSVP to office3@jcoh.org or call 324-9858.

The East Hampton Library has a lot to offer this week. For children, today, July 24, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., “Plant Your Own Herb Garden,” appropriate for age four and up (must be accompanied by an adult if under the age of 7). All materials will be provided to make this garden for kitchen use or to replant outside.

On Thursday, from 2 to 3 p.m., “Rockin’ Art Craft,’ for age eight and older will be offered. By gluing a variety of different stones together, kids will create different characters or creatures.

Register in the Children’s Room, call 324-0222, ext. 2, or email childrens@easthamptonlibrary.org with your child’s name, age, a contact phone number and your town of residence. Sign-up is required for these workshops.

For adults, the library will present Movie Night on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., screening “The Brinks Job.” (1978).

A Saturday book discussion will focus on “Cross Dressing” by Bill Fitzhugh from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Also, on Saturday, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., is an Author Talk with Rita Plush, author of the novel “Lily Steps Out” and a recently released short story collection called “Alterations.” Some of the stories hark back more than 50 years to when Rita was a little girl growing up in Brooklyn, walking with her mother along 86th Street, her mother in her big-shouldered mouton coat, talking with the shopkeepers and doing her errands. Rita will discuss how the collection was put together and talk about the differences between writing a short story and writing a novel. Sign up at the Reference Desk, call 324-0222 ext. 3, or email reference@easthamptonlibrary.org.

The Neo-Political Cowgirls are so thrilled to be bringing back their “ground-breaking, mind-bending” dance theater immersion experience, EVE, this summer to the Hamptons community. The NPCGs continue to flourish in their mission to create work in the voice of the feminine.

They are devoted to serving the local community with a wealth of avenues for self-expression and transformation through performance, workshops and the creative support of local charities. EVE runs through August 4, Tuesdays through Sundays with an added nightly lounge, sponsored by the Cuddy American Gastropub and post show dancing. For tickets and other information about EVE visit www.npcowgirls.org.

This Friday, from 5 to 10 p.m., I am bringing together four East Hampton artists, Mary Antczak (a member of the East Hampton High School Arts Department), Steve Haweeli, Athos Zacharias (once an assistant to Willem de Kooning), and Evan Zatti in one group “Abstract Painting” show that will benefit WPPB 88.3 FM Radio, with a percentage of the art sales to be donated to the radio station.

Alfredo Merat will be the music event organizer for this fundraiser, featuring local musical talent Mick Hargreaves, Joe Delia and Lilly Anne Merat, plus Vanessa Cuccia and Pete Buckley. This will all take place at my gallery, Hampton Hang Gallery in Water Mill, 688 Montauk Highway, behind Suki Zuki. Local music and art for our local radio station. This is all for a good cause.


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